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A have a LaTeX paper I want to submit to the EDAS system. EDAS doesn't want papers to have links and suggests to 'remove the hyperref package from your file'. However, if I do that, my compilation breaks because of some hyperref options in my tex files (and also \url definitions, I think).

I want to keep everything as it is, and just disable the linking feature of hyperref to create a link-free version of my PDF. How can I do this?

Following the hyperref documentation I did \usepackage[draft]{hyperref}, and that seems to work. But that doesn't seem to be the official way. And I don't want to test multiple times if EDAS accepts it or not, because all authors get notified each time I submit a new version. Also, the [draft] option doesn't remove the PDF bookmarks either, which EDAS also doesn't want.

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What do you mean by 'doesn't seem to be the official way'? – Ian Thompson Apr 25 '12 at 15:21
@Ian: I would expect there to be an option like \usepackage[disablelinks]{hyperref} or similar, but I scanned the documentation and didn't find such a thing. – Rabarberski Apr 25 '12 at 15:22
Did you try \usepackage[options]{nohyperref}? This should be a package that defines everything hyperref does, but does nothing. – egreg Apr 25 '12 at 15:26
@egreg: good suggestion, but compilation still fails on the \url{http://...} entries in my bibtex file (.bbl): undefined control sequence – Rabarberski Apr 25 '12 at 15:33
Then add \usepackage{url} – Boris Apr 25 '12 at 15:35
up vote 25 down vote accepted

Thanks to @egreg, the recipe is

\usepackage[options]{nohyperref}  % This makes hyperref commands do nothing without errors
\usepackage{url}  % This makes \url work
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The url package does not provide the same \url. In particular if your URL contains special characters such as _%#{}, hyperref's \url does require you to escape them with a backslash, while, with url's \url, those characters are not to be escaped. In fact with the url package any `\` in your URLs is treated as a normal character and displayed in the final PDF. – Po' Lazarus Feb 7 '13 at 10:03
This does not work with the xr package; external references include text and numbers instead of just the equation number. Also, the pdfauthor and pdftitle options to hyperref are not accepted in nohyperref. – Liam Jul 31 '14 at 15:11

Add the draft option to your \hypersetup:


or as you already mentioned:

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Dear downvoter, please explain why you've downvoted this answer, otherwise I'll never know what I did wrong. – juliohm May 22 '14 at 14:05
FWIW, I didn't down vote, but I suspect the reason for the votes is that the OP mentions exactly this solution in his question, and also that it didn't work for him. – darthbith Aug 7 '14 at 14:59

I had the same problem, however using \usepackage[options]{nohyperref} doesn't compile my \autoref links. So I used the \usepackage[draft]{hyperref} that you already mentioned and uploaded to the EDAS website, which seems to have accepted the entry. So using the [draft] option is a viable solution to part of the problem.

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TeXShop --> Preferences --> Misc --> check "Apple Distiller"

The (in)active ingredient here appears to be Apple's distiller, so in another TeX distribution a solution is probably to choose this option if available.

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Welcome to TeX.SE. Please expand your answer a bit to discuss either how general it is or if it only works with MacOSX/MacTeX and TeXshop. Incidentally, is TeXshop available for platforms other than MacOSX? – Mico Mar 16 at 5:53

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